Archive for February 20th, 2010
National Blanket Day is is tomorrow and I was blessed to be a part of the celebration. Last Friday, my eight year old nephew’s third grade class at Echo Hill Elementary invited me to be a volunteer as they made 22 blankets for Project Linus. I couldn’t help feel the excitement as I moved around the gym making sure that the kids knew how to cut and tie the blankets.
Project Linus is a great way to help others less fortunate than one’s self.
Taken from their National website:
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states:
First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
It made my heart swell with pride as I looked around the gym floor as four children per blanket cut fringe on fleece blankets and tied them off.
Don’t go emailing Cake Wrecks—that’s how this cake is supposed to look. Scholastic received this photo from a David Shannon fan, Carol B. of Richmond, Va., who made this cake for her son Gilby’s second birthday. Carol took inspiration from the picture book No, David! (1998), about a mischievous boy. David will be back in bookstores later this year, up to his old tricks in a holiday story, It’s Christmas, David! (Scholastic/Blue Sky).
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|Tilbury House PublisherPosted: 18 Feb 2010 09:04 PM PST
Sometimes in our quest to get publish we forget about the smaller publishers out their accepting unsolicited manuscripts and unagented manuscripts. Tilbury House is one of those small publishers. You can go to: http://tilburyhouse.com/books-childrens.htm to look at the books they have published. It looks like they do picture books, biographies, and young middle grade stories with a strong educational focus. See below:
They are primarily interested in children’s picture books (for ages 7-12) that:
Be sure to check out Kathy Temean’s site and finish reading her post on Tilbury Press.
I am always reading and love to share what I read. Check out Mandy Hubbard’s wordpress site @ http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/
Here is a sample of what you’ll find there.
New post] Query Week Wrap-up
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Hi All! I hope this Query Week has been helpful! I know that querying can be thrilling, scary, tiring, gratifying, exciting…. and sometimes all of that all at once. As a writer, I’ve been there, and I know how you feel.
As an agent, it’s also many of those emotions, and more. To wrap things up, I thought I’d give you insight as to how I approach the inbox every day– what I think as I read queries, what will make you stand out, etc.
First off, when it comes to queries, I always start with the oldest ones first. I approach them with nothing but hope— will this be the query that makes me sit up and take notice? Many writers see agents as mean ‘ol gate keepers that only want writers who have huge credentials or the most amazing high concept book known to man.
Not true! Some of the queries that just plain blow me away seem rather anassuming at first–but the writing is just plain good. That’s all I’m looking for. Really good writing! Everyone has a fair shake at it.